Microsoft is broadening the testing program for the next major iteration of Windows, according to various sources.
Reports indicate that Windows 8 bits are now available for download through Microsoft Connect, the Redmond companyís distribution and feedback hub for pre-release software.
It appears that the software giant has started offering an early development milestone of Windows 8 to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and thatís why the release is offered through Connect.
Of course, Windows 8 can only be downloaded on an invitation-basis only. An incomplete download link has already made its way in the wild, but itís all but useless since it does not feature the invitation code designed to allow access to Windows 8.
Early adopters that have received invitations to test Windows 8 can download Build 7971.0.110324-1900, reports reveal.
Of course, the Redmond company has yet to confirm the broadening of the Windows 8 testing process, or any detail on the upcoming version of Windows for that matter.